Financial Times' Hannah Kuchler (left), Hootsuite's Jeanette Gibson and Get Satisfaction's Rahul Sachdev speak at VentureBeat's  GrowthBeat 2014

HootSuite, Get Satisfaction: Make brand fans, lots of them

A classic example of needing your fans to defend your brand: financial services firm J.P. Morgan unwisely decided to schedule — and soon cancelled — a Q&A session with a company executive about the lively topic, “how do you decide which houses to foreclose on?”

DEMO: Heystaks makes searching social

Heystaks is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

TextPlus approved for new social group texting app

TextPlus, an application that lets groups send text messages to each other for free, just got an early present from Apple in the form of an approved and live version 4.4 application.

Yakaz brings location to social classified ads

Ever wish you could get all the eBay, Craigslist and Autotrader.com ads from your area in one location? Then here’s Yakaz, a social network for classified ads that is announcing the release of its latest version available in 190 countries and 50 languages.

BlockChalk lands $1M for community-based mobile messaging

BlockChalk, a mobile application that lets people leave messages for other community members, today announced it has secured a $1 million round of funding, the company’s first. The funding will be used to expand the company’s team as it looks for iPhone developers and server-side engineers.